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Road to Conviction Episode 8: Faith

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

May 10, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 8, Tholin contemplates his future. After working in a restaurant kitchen for some time, he’s ready for a change.

“I’m grateful for the job, and I love my boss, and I love the people I work with,” he says, “but I don’t like working in the kitchen.”

Good fortune finds Tholin when CrossFit Edwardsville member Brian Hockett takes notice of Tholin’s work ethic in… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 7: Ground Zero

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

May 03, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 7, Tholin shares details of a romantic relationship that has been rekindled since he got out of prison.

“I don’t have very many friends,” Tholin says. “It’s nice to have somebody that’s there, you know?”

That somebody is Erin Cooper, who details their sordid past—starting at 14 with a crush and ending with Tholin’s putting a gun in Cooper’s face.

“I’m… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 6: 100 Percent Commitment

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 27, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 6, we learn when things started to take a turn for the worse in Tholin’s youth.

“He was never a bad kid,” says Tholin’s mother, Diane. “He was always a good kid.”

But that changed by 16, Tholin says, when he began experimenting with a myriad of drugs.

“Because of the drugs and the partying and all that stuff, I got kicked out… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 5: CrossFit Is the Foundation

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 19, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 5, Tholin is seven weeks into CrossFit and he’s competing in his first Open competition.

As Tholin works, he explains he’s feeling happier in his life. And of course he’s spending more time at the gym—working on double-unders, repeating Open workouts and continuing to build relationships.

“Practice makes perfect,” he says after completing 50 unbroken… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 3: Moving Forward

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

April 06, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In this episode, Tholin’s at work discussing how important the gym and community have become to him.

The halfway house Tholin lives in works on a five-level system in which higher levels permit more freedom. Now at Level 4 status—he skipped Level 3—Tholin can be out of the halfway house for six hours a day. For as many hours as his body… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 2: CrossFit’s a Rope

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

March 29, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In this episode, Tholin completes the on-ramp classes at CrossFit Edwardsville in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

“(The on-ramp is) our foundational program for athletes who are new to the game or who are coming into CrossFit from a non-traditional background,” says affiliate owner Greg Skelly. “I make sure that we’re all on the same page about a… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 1: It’s Almost Symbolic

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

March 22, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 1, we meet Tholin, learn how he found CrossFit and see his first workout at a CrossFit affiliate.

While in prison serving three years of a five-year sentence, he saw the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games on ESPN. Intrigued, he started doing CrossFit and tried to research as much as possible. Though his resources were limited, he had some… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 5: Therapy

By Ryan Saunders

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

March 01, 2015

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In Virtuosity 4, we heard how CrossFit helped an athlete regain her athleticism after an accident. Virtuosity 5 deals with therapy as well but addresses issues that go well beyond sore muscles and creaky joints.

Ryan Saunders lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and he’s found the best form of therapy is the barbell in his garage. Saunders explains CrossFit’s prescription of constantly varied functional movements performed… Continue Reading

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